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Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine?
It is concluded that liability reforms can reduce defensive medical practices and that malpractice reforms that directly reduce provider liability pressure lead to reductions of 5 to 9 percent in medical expenditures without substantial effects on mortality or medical complications.
Vertical integration: hospital ownership of physician practices is associated with higher prices and spending.
It is found that an increase in the market share of hospitals with the tightest vertically integrated relationship with physicians--ownership of physician practices--was associated with higher hospital prices and spending.
Using Sentence Enhancements to Distinguish between Deterrence and Incapacitation
It is demonstrated that the introduction of sentence enhancements (i.e. increased punishments that are added on to prison sentences that would have been served anyway) provides a direct means of measuring deterrence.
The Effect of Hospital/Physician Integration on Hospital Choice
The Effects of Competition on Variation in the Quality and Cost of Medical Care
It is found that low-valuation patients in less-competitive markets receive more intensive treatment than in more- competitive markets, but have statistically similar health outcomes, while high-valuations patients inLess- Competitive Markets receive less intensive treatment, and have significantly worse health outcomes.
Dynamics of Cosponsorship
lectoral-connection theories of legislative politics view bill cosponsorship as low-cost position taking by rational legislators who communicate with target audiences (e.g., constituents) external to
Impact of malpractice reforms on the supply of physician services.
Tort reform increased physician supply, and the adoption of "direct" malpractice reforms led to greater growth in the overall supply of physicians.
Does patient satisfaction affect patient loyalty?
  • D. Kessler, D. Mylod
  • Business, Medicine
    International journal of health care quality…
  • 3 May 2011
The paper is the first to show that patient satisfaction affects actual hospital choices in a large sample, and suggests a pathway through which individuals naturally gravitate toward higher-quality care.